January is Get Organized Month

The holiday parties are over. And even in these lean times, there’s probably a bunch of new stuff in the house.

There’s definitely a new crop of holiday cards.

There’s probably a pile of mail you haven’t been able to deal with since sometime before Thanksgiving.

And you have to find a place to put it all—where will that be? Or maybe a better question is when will that be?

Well, January is the month when everyone rolls up their sleeves and gets back to work. January is the month when you’re kind of sick of socializing anyway, and definitely sick of the piles of clutter facing you everywhere you turn. January is the month you’re supposed to be putting your tax information together.

January is a great time to get organized. Which is probably why, six years ago, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) chose January as Get Organized Month.

This makes a lot of sense. Did you know, for example, that:

*“Get Organized” is one of the top 10 New Years resolutions made by Americans year after year?

*Sixty-five percent of respondents to a recent NAPO survey felt that their home was at least moderately disorganized?

*Price Waterhouse Coopers estimates that workers spend nearly 50% of their time looking for information because it isn’t organized properly?

Fifty percent! Just think of all that wasted productivity, whether at work or at home.

If that isn’t an inspiring reason for getting organized, what would be?

That’s why this year, as in the past years, professional organizers and others will be sponsoring a variety of special events across the country during the month of January, to help people get organized.

You can find out more here: http://www.napo.net/news/events/

One of the lessons we learned when downsizing our parents’ homes was that being organized in how you go about it can make a really big difference in how well it goes.

So here’s wishing you a very happy Get Organized Month!

And if you have any stories to tell about breakthroughs or successes you’ve experienced as a result, we’d love to hear them.

JH

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